Rockland shooting suspect faces judge again

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A day after a man opened fire inside Sloatsburg Village Court, the suspect faced a judge once again.

Leo Lewis Jr., 60, was arraigned Tuesday on attempted murder and weapons possession charges in Ramapo Justice Court. Lewis pleaded not guilty.

About two years ago, Lewis was accused of forcibly touching 21-year-old Sara Bannout. After he was found not guilty, Lewis sued Bannout for legal fees.

According to a felony complaint, Lewis stood up in the back of the courtroom and said, "I should have shot that bitch two years ago."

Police say as Bannout was getting up from her seat, Lewis fired a sawed-off shotgun he smuggled in at her. He missed his target and barely missed the judge.

The assistant district attorney says Lewis made a written statement admitting to thinking about shooting and killing Bannout.

Bail for Lewis was set at $500,000. He is being held at Rockland County Jail. Lewis is due back in court May 11.

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